Thermaltake Level 20 GT ARGB Video Review

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Thermaltake Level 20 GT ARGB Video Review

Thermaltake Level 20 GT ARGB Specifications & Features

P/N CA-1K9-00F1WN-02
SERIES Level 20
MODEL Level 20 GT ARGB
CASE TYPE Full Tower
DIMENSION (H X W X D) 580 x 294 x 592 mm
(22.9 x 11.6 x 23.3 inch)
NET WEIGHT 20.1 kg / 44.31 lb
SIDE PANEL 5mm Tempered Glass x 4(Left & Right & Front & Top)
COLOR Exterior & Interior : Black
MATERIAL SPCC
COOLING SYSTEM Front (intake):
200 x 200 x 30mm Addressable RGB fan
(800rpm, 29.2dBA) x 2
Rear (exhaust):
140 x 140 x 25 mm fan
(1000rpm, 16dBA)
DRIVE BAYS
-ACCESSIBLE
-HIDDEN
2.5” x 4 or 3.5”x4 (HDD Rack)
2.5”x 6 or 3.5” x 3
EXPANSION SLOTS 8
MOTHERBOARDS 6.7” x 6.7” (Mini ITX), 9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” x 9.6” (ATX), 12” x 13”(E-ATX)
I/O PORT USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1, Type-C x 1
PSU Standard PS2 PSU (optional)
FAN SUPPORT Front:
3 x 120mm, 3 x 140mm, 2 x 200mm
Top:
3 x 120mm, 3 x 140mm, 2 x 200mm
Rear:
1 x 120mm, 1 x 140mm
Bottom:
2 x 120mm
RADIATOR SUPPORT Front:
1 x 360mm, 1 x 420mm, 1 x 360mm(For 200mm fan)
Top:
1 x 360mm, 1 x 280mm, 1 x 360mm(For 200mm fan)
Rear:
1 x 120mm, 1 x 140mm
Right:
1 x 360mm, 1 x 420mm (AIO: 1 x360mm, 1 x 280mm)
Bottom:
1 x 240mm
CLEARANCE CPU cooler height limitation:
200mm
VGA length limitation:
310mm(With HDD Rack)
410mm(Without HDD Rack)
PSU length limitation:
220mm (Without Bottom Fan)

 

Thermaltake Level 20 GT ARGB review: The verdict

So, in case you didn’t get a chance to watch the video let me give you a small recap of what was mentioned.

The overall design silhouette is perfectly symmetrical, so not only do you get identical tempered glass doors front & back, but you also get twin front IOs. To the front side we get a power button, HDD led, reset button and headphone & mic ports. To the rear we then add 5 USB ports; two 2.0, two 3.0 and one Type-C.

Unlocking the doors with the included keys and opening up the large magnetically held tempered glass side panels gives us a look inside the cavernous main chamber of the Level 20 GT ARGB which unsurprisingly accommodates all motherboard sizes all the way up to E-ATX.

Four 3.5” drive caddies are pre-installed towards the front of the case, which can be mounted in numerous positions along the height of the chamber, or removed altogether. A partial PSU shroud sits in the base of the GT, with one SSD tray mounted on top of it. This tray can be completely removed which is needed to install the power supply, it also comes with a pair of spacers to support the vertical GPU mount bracket which can be used with or without the power supply shroud as you see fit. While we’re talking about the shroud, it comes with a 7” Perspex window to show off your PSU of choice.

Included is a mount for a water pump and/or reservoir, which can be placed in up to 8 positions on the floor of the case.

Flipping the case over (to the bottom) we are greeted with four equally substantial feet, capable of taking the sheer mass of the combined weight of the case and the final build. A removable dust filter runs the full length of the base of the Level 20 GT ARGB.

Moving around to the rear of the motherboard tray, it’s all pretty standard here. Three further SSD mounts are secured to the tray with thumbscrews, that said, one of the trays to the right of the board houses the ARGB controller and proprietary connectors for up to 3 fans as well as a 3-pin header for the included rear 120mm fan. This is SATA powered so make sure you have a spare SATA power connector. Finally, 2 cables are included in the bundle, these are the ARGB motherboard headers which allows any motherboard with the 3-pin ARGB headers to control the included 2x 200mm ARGB fans Thermaltake have included in the front of the case. Other than cable tie points, there is nothing in the way of cable management in the rear panel. That being said, I imagine that enthusiasts that pick up a case at a price point like this are probably going to do something creative with the likes of braided cables and spend some time making it look very neat and tidy as possible regardless.

As I just mentioned the included two 200mm ARGB fans in the front of the case we may as well have a quick look once again. The panel is, again, 5mm tempered glass which covers the entire panel with a nicely sized Thermaltake logo located at the bottom.

Regarding the rear, at the top we have a decent-sized hole to aid the cooling from any top-mounted fans, should you choose to install them. The rear IO panel and the 120mm fan area. Below this are 8 PCI slots and the fantastic thing about this slot cover is the fact that it can be rotated vertically to allow the aforementioned vertical mount to house up to 2 GPU’s or any other PCIe devices you can think of. A neat addition, but not something that is new to a Thermaltake case. This being said, should I choose to leave it vertically I’d be inclined to remove the vertical bracket all together and chuck it in the box for another day.
Finally, at the bottom is the space for mounting the power supply. Remember to install the foam spacers while installing the power supply, these are included in the black box with all the parts.

Let’s now talk fan and radiator mounting options. The Level 20 GT ARGB is a fan and radiator powerhouse! I’ve included the top, back, right, front and bottom specification here so feel free to take a look below, fantastic options provided here by Thermaltake!

Thermaltake Level 20 GT ARGB Fan and Radiator Support
Thermaltake Level 20 GT ARGB Fan and Radiator Support

Finally the top panel, and again, it’s covered with a 5mm tempered glass panel. It is easily removable by lifting up and away from the rear to reveal the top radiator and fan mounts. This mount/bracket is held in with 4 thumbscrews and is removable to make it easier to install larger radiators and fans more easily.
Building in the Level 20 GT ARGB was a pleasure. This thing is built like a tank, and the materials used are of the highest quality. With tempered glass as far as the eye can see, it certainly makes a statement.

Thermaltake Level 20 GT ARGB: Conclusion

However, during the build, I did encounter some issues. Installing a PSU requires you to remove the PSU cover which isn’t hard to do, but is fiddly for very novice users and actually fairly time-consuming. That said, the Level 20 GT ARGB is unlikely to be the go-to case for someone who is new to building a PC, especially considering it’s RRP of around £230 in the UK at the time of this review.

There were also a couple of niggles when it came to the sheer size of the interior chamber…one that was easily unavoidable, and one that probably wasn’t. When using an eATX board, the cable management grommets will be obscured. This could and should have been avoided, given the amount of space that is available to be worked with on the motherboard tray. A further issue came when trying to mount a Tt 360mm Riing AIO in the front. Due to the size, the block/tubing didn’t stretch far enough, so it had to be mounted in the top of the case.

These are, however, fairly minor niggles, and shouldn’t take away from the fact that this is indeed a premium case, and therefore gets our Play3r Gold award.

Thermaltake Level 20 GT ARGB Gold Award
Thermaltake Level 20 GT ARGB Gold Award

Huge thanks to Thermaltake for sending the Level 20 GT ARGB in for review. I look forward to seeing more from them again soon.

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